Ill Child Policy
When Should I keep my child home from School ?
Regular school attendance is necessary for optimal learning. However, a mere presence at school does not ensure effective learning. A child must be feeling well in order to maximize the learning experience. In addition, a child who is sick and comes to school may help to spread the illness to other students and staff. It is recommended that a child remain home if any of the following conditions are present.
1. Fever – Your child may attend school with a temperature less than 100 F. Fevers are generally signs of infection. While Tylenol/Motrin may be effective in reducing fever, it is a temporary measure. It does not address the underlying cause. Your child should be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning back to school.
2. Cold, sore throat, and cough – If cold and cough symptoms are associated with fever or they do not readily improve, call your doctor. Your child may attend school it there is no fever for at least 24 hours.
3. Stomachache, vomiting and/or diarrhea with a loss of appetite and/or fever. A Child with vomiting and/or diarrhea should be kept home until symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours and the child is able to return to a normal diet.
4. A rash that is itchy and spreading and of unknown cause. The child may return to school after and evaluation by their health care provider.
5. Acute pain that requires narcotic medication for relief.